Willunga Farmers Market Tour - McLaren Vale

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Meet the grower, taste the region!

Enjoy a tour of the market to meet the growers and sample tasty produce before enjoying the market at your leisure.

Willunga Farmers Market is a Non-for-profit organization.

What the Tour includes:

  • Guided tour of the market with a representative from Willunga Farmers Market.
  • Willunga Farmers Market shopping bag.
  • Member for a day pass, entitling you to 10% discount on all purchases at the market including produce, coffee, breakfast, and brunch.

Reach the Willunga Market Stall for your admission

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Meet the grower, taste the region!

Enjoy a tour of the market to meet the growers and sample tasty produce before enjoying the market at your leisure in Mclaren vale.

Willunga Farmers Market – located in the historic township of Willunga, just 50 minutes from Adelaide is South Australia’s first farmers market.

Established in 2002, every Saturday you will find over 60 stalls bursting with fresh local produce and artisan products created by passionate locals.

Not for profit:

Willunga Farmers Market is a Non-for-profit organization.

Profits from this experience will help to maintain the structure, help with Volunteers’ material and establish the $15,000 scholarship offered from the market to who interested in farming but discouraged by the obstacles of entering the industry.

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What the Willunga Farmers Market Tour includes:

  • Guided tour of the market with a representative from Willunga Farmers Market.
  • Willunga Farmers Market shopping bag.
  • Member for a day pass, entitling you to 10% discount on all purchases at the market including produce, coffee, breakfast, and brunch.

Willunga Farmers Market Tour

 

Available at location

  • Fresh produce – fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, egg, cheese
  • Artisan products including olive oil, olives, honey, bread, jams, chutneys, sauces, baked goods and more
  • Coffee
  • Juice
  • Wine tasting and sales
  • A variety of breakfast and brunch options

Required:

Be aware of the weather and came prepared with proper clothing and gears.

Note:

Dog-friendly – must be on a short lead at all times
Accessible parking, ATM and toilet facilities available

Length of the guided experience:

30 minutes

The market operates until 12.30 pm

 

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Willunga Farmers Market – A potted history

Willunga Farmers Market was set up to provide a venue for small producers to sell their finest and freshest first-quality food the region has to offer, direct to customers. It was a giant leap of faith by producers and customers alike and it is now a celebrated success story of grassroots, sustainable and economic development.

Here’s how it all began……

‘To Market, To Market’ read the poster in the window of the Willunga general store, midwinter 2001, urging people to attend a meeting to set up South Australia’s first farmers market in Willunga.

This was in response to acclaimed ‘Adelaide Food Legend’ Zannie Flanagan, realising the potential for a farmers market in South Australia while at a New Zealand conference on this issue earlier in the year.

Zannie had invited Jane Adams to lead the preliminary planning workshop at the Alma Hotel in Willunga. Jane is a consultant and head of the Australian Farmers Market Association who had just finished a study tour of US farmers’ markets.

This unique opportunity provided the gathering with a great perspective on how to run a market. A small and very enthusiastic group of farmers, orchardists, local food producers and future customers took up the challenge and an interim committee was established. Six months of hard work on a myriad of issues ensued before Marianne Downes was employed as the first Market Manager, just two weeks before opening.

History Ray and Nathan 23 Feb 2002

Ray Seidel and son Nathan open for business 23 February 2002. Their small, family-owned orchard not only survived, but thrived! McLaren Vale Orchards is now owned by Mark & Lisa McCarthy.

It all came to fruition on the sunny Saturday morning of 23 February 2002, when the first South Australian farmers’ market opened at 8.00am with 18 stalls in the car park of the Alma Hotel, Willunga.

After an eventful (the breakfast BBQ burnt down!) but highly successful day (some traders were selling out of stock and had to go home for more produce) it seemed as though the idea would indeed bear fruit.

Two weeks later came the Grand Opening with special guest David Suzuki, world renowned environmental scientist, thrilling the 3000 strong audience. Willunga Farmers Market has never looked back! David Suzuki’s Grand Opening speech 2002)

History WFM_Grand_Opening_David_Suzuki_March_20021

David Suzuki addresses a fantastically supportive crowd at Willunga Farmers Market’s Grand Opening. He generously donated all the proceeds of his book sales on the day – over $2000!

A year later Willunga Farmers Market had been through an enormous learning curve. Growing in strength with stallholder and customer members increasing weekly, then Market Manager Vardy Hirst set up the market’s actual (as opposed to virtual) office, went on a major sponsorship and membership drive and began the ‘Chefs at the Market’ workshops. The first of the annual Wilmark Awards were held to celebrate the achievements of stallies and customers alike. And at the 2008 Wilmark Awards we had Peter Chapman, our self-appointed Poet Laureate, do a wonderful job performing the poetry he wrote for each category! He now gets asked to write poems for the Willunga Farmers Market on special occasions.

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